responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Wandering Trader, a stock market trader by day who fuses his profession with
his passion, travel blogging.
Twitter/website: @wanderingtradr| WanderingTrader.com
Born in: Merida,
Currently living in: Nomadic – currently in Toronto and heading to Colombia
1. Where would you rather be right now?
in Toronto, Canada, after a rigorous trip visiting five continents and nearly
11 countries since January. I plan on spending the rest of the year in Colombia,
where I will be opening up one of our first Day
Trading Academy centres. It also helps that it is one of my favourite
countries in the world.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or
fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
who is tied to the financial industry and also loves to live life, I would have
to say Jim Rogers. He is an incredibly smart individual when it comes to
investing and travel. He holds a Guinness World Record for driving around the
world and has a unique outlook on life. It isn't just about making money; it's
also about experiencing life.
3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a
have to say that the Niagara
Falls is probably one of the most marketed tourist attractions I have seen.
Any traveller would be unimpressed after visiting Iguazu
Falls in South America or Africa’s Victoria Falls. Even the
city near the falls is a tourist trap waiting for you to open up your wallet. The
most impressive falls are actually on the Canadian side and are called Horseshoe Falls.
4. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of
places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
to visit some destinations that are currently considered dangerous or off
limits. Places like Libya, Iran, and even Cuba before it changes.
5. You’d be mortified if people knew you
did what when you travelled?
explore Asian food as much as I should have. Recently while living in Singapore,
I started a diet and the process of getting back into shape. I felt more
comfortable eating Western food because I knew exactly what to eat and how to
6. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]”
are two moments that I remember being very concerned. The first time was when I
was kidnapped and shot at in Venezuela and the other time was when I was
arrested and detained in the newest country in the world, South Sudan. Both
situations worked out okay, but they were not fun to experience.
7. Strangest meal abroad:
pretty interesting to try whale in Iceland, which tasted like sushi, or even
ostrich in Kenya. It was an awkward moment when we realised that the ostrich we
were eating was the one we had just finished riding.
8. If someone was visiting your town,
what’s the one thing you’d show them?
lived in Italy, the United States and Venezuela during my childhood it is
difficult to pick just one place. I consider my home now to be Medellin,
Colombia. While lacking in tourist attractions, Medellin is very far from the dangers
that most people associate with Colombia. The city is booming and the people are
very kind, formal, gracious, always willing to visit and curious about
9. Material thing you miss the most when
away from home:
really miss reliable and high-speed internet. I don't mind sleeping on the floor or
showering with cold water but an internet connection is a must.
10. Most unusual item you have travelled
In my first days as a travelling day trader, I
travelled with two 18.5in laptops and a 19in monitor. This was when I thought I
needed these extra items. I remember I left Canada with four different
suitcases. I still travel with backups, but I now use only one 17in laptop for
all my trading, business and travel.
11. The place you don’t want anyone to know
about but are willing to divulge here:
One of the most unique countries that I
have visited is Ethiopia. There are thousands of years of history, beautiful
people, a safe environment, and it is one of the cheapest places I have travelled
to in the last three years. There are so many different things to learn about
and experience in the country. I hope it doesn’t change as it continues to open
12. The travel story you’ll never stop
Victoria Falls in Zambia was something quite unique. Also when I walked with
cheetahs in Livingstone, Zambia. I was able to sit with them, interact with
them, and even run with them. This was a priceless experience and something I
always bring up whenever I talk about my travels.
13. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel
advice or wisdom:
is such a beautiful thing because there is no right way to do it. Everyone has their own way of seeing things,
experiencing things and describing them.
We can always try to prepare for the best and worst, but nothing will
prepare us for the unexpected. The one thing that I can advise anyone is to be
confident. Whether you are scared, lost, unsure, always act confident. If need
be, walk away, sit down and just think about what needs to be done.